New innovative health centre for Mullewa

Details of an innovative new health centre for Mullewa were revealed at a community information session in the town on Wednesday, December 7.

Under the major redevelopment, a brand new purpose-built primary health centre is set to replace the existing, ageing hospital, which was originally built in 1940.

The new Mullewa Health Centre, expected to open in mid-2019, will bring in a new era of health care, with a modern emergency department, Emergency Telehealth Services, ambulance bay, multi-purpose telehealth-enabled consultation rooms and group therapy rooms.

“The new Mullewa Health Centre will focus on providing primary health care to keep local residents well, in their communities and out of hospital,” WA Country Health Service Midwest Regional Director, Margaret Denton said. 

“It will do this by promoting good health practices, supporting early detection and prevention of illnesses and by helping people manage their chronic diseases.”

Ms Denton said that while the health centre would enhance primary and community care facilities, it would continue to provide 24/7 emergency care from its state-of-the-art new emergency department.  

“The new health centre is being developed in consultation with the local community at Mullewa,” she said. “It will give the community access to a range of health services and providers under one roof. 

“In conjunction with the new health centre, additional new staff accommodation will be delivered in Mullewa that will house both the new health centre staff and health professionals visiting the town.”

The Mullewa Health Centre development is one of four projects aimed at reforming health care delivery through innovative health centre design, under the half a billion dollar Royalties for Regions’ funded Southern Inland Health Initiative.

About $40 million will be spent redeveloping and reforming small hospitals in Cunderdin, Pingelly and Mullewa and Dongara to create new fit-for-purpose health centres.

Construction of the health centre is due to start in mid-2018.